Friday, March 24, 2017

a journey...

if you've been a follower of mine for any length of time you'll know i've taken more than a few online classes from this lady...

karen ruane of contemporary embroidery teaches online classes and i've been taking them since 2012

can't begin to tell you how many amazing things i've learnt over the years - wonderful techniques and ideas that have pushed and pulled me in so many ways, added such creative joy and brought me back to my first love...

hand embroidery

our latest class, "embroidery school" has karen making cloth sample pages and i thought i would do the same but mount mine on art paper

one side a diminutive cloth sample of something particular, the other a paper-based sampling of similar ideas


this spread is central to the hexagon shape

one side with fabric hexagons and stitch details


the other paper


taking stitches from one side to the other, matching colour and certain stitch details


not re-interpreting every element, just creating two sides that together, make a whole


such great fun - and wonderful like-minded people who do similar things in ways that are just a little bit different

feeding on each other's ideas and enthusiasm, it's an amazing group in every class

what's truly amazing though, is that in not a long time, i'll be winging my way over the pond to take a class with karen in london, england, along with nine other people i've met through her classes over the years

how lucky can a girl get????

i'll try to post here along the way, and i'll definitely be posting images of our journey on instagram, as we traipse through england, scotland and ireland... you can find me there as "jwafineseam" if you're interested...

it will be an amazing journey... i just know it...

10 comments:

gracie said...

Love your work and congratulations on being able to take an in person class....

Karen B. said...

First of all, I love your art. It is just so stunning! Secondly YOU LUCKY GIRL!! I hope you will have a wonderful time in the UK! I am going have to take a look at those great classes from Karen, maybe there is something I would like to learn.
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

deanna7trees said...

always enjoy your work and i agree with everything you've said about Karen's classes. will look forward to all your trip postings and hope there will be some of your time at the London workshop. have a great time. say hi to all from me.

Laura said...

Can't wait to instagram my way through every floor of Liberty London!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

As always, your work is lovely.

Have a wonderful time in London.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Marj Talbot said...

Love to see your stitchery - great work. Thanks for sharing. Happy trails, enjoy your trip and stay safe.

Dorthe said...

Oh Jillayne ,
what a trip, you are soon about to have, dear friend.
I wish you a most wonderful vacation and lots of fun with your friends, and K.R. Your spread is beautiful, as always, and so artistic, showing different stitches, and hexagons -
Take care out in the big world, friend.
Hugs from Dorthe

Rachel said...

Lucky girl indeed! Safe travels and happy stitching...

Createology said...

You will be living The Dream. How very glorious for you to be able to learn from Karen in person and meet up with others in the classes you have taken in common. I know how much you love England and wanted to revisit. Blessings Dear and Safe Travels. I shall look forward to every spot of Jolly Old England you might share. Every stitch you create has earned you this dreamy journey. Can you see my green edges...just a tinge of envy? Hugs Sweet Friend...<3

Magpie's Mumblings said...

It does me absolutely no good to be jealous - but I am!! Lucky you to be 'going to London' with Karen. Do take lots of pictures and notes and share when you get back. Your latest stitchings, both paper and fabric, are inspiring as always.